One problem that you really should not ignore is a shaking steering wheel. A shaking steering wheel, no matter how slight, can be indicative of a serious or potentially fatal problem. The automotive specialists at Southside Auto Repair can certainly assist you with this problem. Is your steering wheel trying to tell you something? Here are the three causes of steering wheel shake that can be prevented by routine car maintenance check-ups.
Does your steering wheel shake when you use your brakes? Most likely, the culprit is the disk brake system. This system has many components that may wear out and cause uneven wear which translates to the steering column of the car. Thinning brake pads can also create grinding or screeching sounds coupled with a shaking vibration through the steering wheel. Another aspect of the disk brake system is the rotors. The brake pads squeeze the rotors to slow the vehicle. At times, the rotors may become warped over time due to frequent starting and stopping, resulting in the steering column shaking.
Does your steering wheel shake while accelerating speed? This usually indicates a problem with the tires.
Having your tires balanced should be part of your regular tire maintenance. Tire balancing is usually equated with a new tire purchase; however, tires should be periodically balanced throughout their lifespan to avoid shimmies in your steering wheel. Contact the professionals at Southside Auto Repair for a suggested tire maintenance schedule.
Tire Misalignment is one of the most common causes of steering wheel shake. Rough roads and potholes are frequently the causes of misaligned tires. An easy way to check for tire misalignment is to check for drifting. Lessen the grip on your steering wheel. If you feel the vehicle pull off-center, most likely you have an alignment problem. Poor tire alignment can cause uneven tire wear which can translate to the steering column and cause shaking. Any unwarranted vibration can wreak havoc on other systems by the loosening of other structures in your vehicle.
The last of the three causes of steering wheel shake is a compromised suspension. This is most notable when driving at slower speeds. The cause is usually worn-out bushings in the suspension and as a result, shimmying can be felt as soon as the car is in motion. Once again, a regular suspension check during scheduled car maintenance check-ups can save on expensive car repairs.
Is your steering wheel trying to tell you something? Steering wheel shake is definitely not a problem to ignore. Having complete control over your vehicle is of utmost importance and safety. Regular maintenance check-ups can not only prevent expensive repairs but also prevent serious accidents and injuries. Call the automotive specialist at Southside Auto Repair for any further questions regarding your vehicle care.
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